CrossFit has partnered with a series of event organizers to host the 2021 CrossFit Semifinals. As a brand new phase of the CrossFit Games season, the Semifinals will serve as the final hurdle for individual athletes and teams hoping to qualify for the 2021 CrossFit Games.
The 2021 Semifinals will take place over four consecutive weekends in May and June. Exact competition dates for each Semifinal event will be published on the CrossFit Games website.
Each Semifinal event will host 30 men, 30 women, and 20 teams who emerge from the second stage of the season, the online Quarterfinals, on that continent. Each continent will host at least one Semifinal event and will send at least one man, one woman, and one team from that continent to the CrossFit Games.
Check out the map below to see Semifinals by continent.
Semifinal partners are responsible for programming the events and managing and executing the competition under the guidance of CrossFit. Invitations to these events will be determined by CrossFit.
By continent, the 2021 CrossFit Semifinals are:
North America Semifinals
North America will host four Semifinal events for the top 120 men, 120 women, and 80 teams on the continent. The top five men, top five women, and top five teams will advance to the Games from each Semifinal. Those events will be:
CrossFit Atlas Games*
CrossFit West Coast Classic
Europe will host two Semifinal events for the top 60 men, 60 women, and 40 teams on the continent. The top five men, top five women, and top five teams will advance to the Games from each Semifinal. Those events will be:
Oceania will host one Semifinal event for the top 30 men, 30 women, and 20 teams on the continent. The top three men, top three women, and top three teams will advance to the Games. That event will be:
Asia will host one Semifinal event for the top 30 men, 30 women, and 20 teams on the continent. The top two men, top two women, and top two teams will advance to the Games. That event will be:
South America Semifinal
South America will host one Semifinal event for the top 30 men, 30 women, and 20 teams on the continent. The top two men, top two women, and top two teams will advance to the Games. That event will be:
Africa will host one Semifinal event for the top 30 men, 30 women, and 20 teams on the continent. The top man, woman, and team will advance to the Games. That event will be:
Week 1 - May 28 - May 30
- N. America - Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge
- Oceania - Torian Pro
Week 2 - June 4 - June 6
- N. America - Granite Games
- Africa - CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town
- S. America - Brazil CrossFit Championship
Week 3 - June 11 - June 13
- Europe - CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown
- Asia - CrossFit Asia Invitational
Week 4 - June 18 - June 20
- N. America - CrossFit West Coast Classic
- Europe - CrossFit German Throwdown*
- N. America - CrossFit Atlas Games*
In addition to scheduled Semifinal events, CrossFit has also added a Catchall Virtual Semifinal, which will take place in Week 4 (June 18-20). The Catchall Virtual Semifinal will allow any athletes who were unable to travel to their respective Semifinal due to local COVID restrictions a chance to compete. Athletes in the Catchall event will compete only against each other for a chance to advance. More details on the Catchall Virtual Semifinal will be released in coming weeks.
The CrossFit Games will provide broad coverage of the Semifinal events across our various platforms like the CrossFit Games website, Facebook, and Instagram. Any additional changes to the format, schedule, or location of Semifinal events will be announced on games.crossfit.com.
Following the Semifinal events, athletes who narrowly missed the chance to advance to the CrossFit Games may be invited to compete in the Last-Chance Qualifier, a final opportunity to qualify for the Games that takes place the week of June 28, 2021 - July 4, 2021.
The Last-Chance Qualifier is reserved for individual athletes who finished within three spots of a Games-qualifying position. Based on continent the athletes eligible to compete at the Last-Chance Qualifier are:
- North America: Athletes who finished in 6th-8th place at each respective Semifinal event
- Europe: Athletes who finished in 6th-8th place at each respective Semifinal event
- Oceania: Athletes who finished in 4th-6th place
- Asia: Athletes who finished in 3rd-5th place
- South America: Athletes who finished in 3rd-5th place
- Africa: Athletes who finished in 2nd-4th place
At the conclusion of the competition weekend, the top two men and two women from the Last-Chance Qualifier will advance to the Games to compete for the title of Fittest on Earth.
CrossFit recognizes regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic vary by location. CrossFit is regularly monitoring the changing circumstances and working closely with the Semifinal event organizers as we approach the competition season.
If a live, in-person Semifinal is cancelled or cannot be held, the competition will move to an online format hosted by CrossFit, LLC. All athletes and teams from the respective Semifinal competition will compete in the online format with an opportunity to advance to the CrossFit Games. Please note the asterisks on the events above, which will be held virtually.
Be sure to check out the official CrossFit Games Rulebook for all the details on the Semifinals competition, invitation and check-in processes, scoring info, and more. Any changes to the competition schedule, format, or rules will be posted on games.crossfit.com.